The powerful beauty of the Danish western coast is irresistible, but its climate needs to be factored in when building here. Strong winds, changing temperatures, sand and salt have to be part of that equation. The project started with the architecture of the house and was later extended to include the full design of the interior, including kitchen, furniture, flooring and lighting, and landscaping as well.
The clients’ wish was to have a relaxed weekend home in this amazing, barren landscape, big enough to accommodate three generations, but comfortable to inhabit alone.
House EE consists of three volumes, nested in the landscape, minimally disturbing the topography and the fragile vegetation. The staggered disposition creates several wind-sheltered corners, and opens sea views from every room.
House EE is rustic in appearance yet elegant in details. Refined mahogany and copper elements contrast with raw cedar and the burnt-wood cladding. Its architecture is inspired by farm houses with saddle roofs, half-timbered façades, and large shutter doors.
Inside, the warm tones of the different kinds of wood, combined with fresh blue and grey paint create a contrast that resonates with the landscape. Massive materials were chosen for their raw beauty, ‘depth’ and rich sensorial qualities. The kitchen and furniture combine the rustic materiality of massive oak and patinated brass with contemporary lines and details.
Whether battered by rain, or sun-kissed by the golden sunrays of a late Nordic summer evening, House EE always offers a relaxed and warm atmosphere. It is a celebration of hygge and being at home in nature. When nobody is home, the house can be entirely closed with a system of wooden shutters. It then becomes a quietly enigmatic presence, like an abandoned barn in the Danish countryside.